David Andersen, one of the best and most successful centers in Turkish Airlines EuroLeague history, has announced his retirement after 23 years of playing professional basketball. Andersen, 41, played 11 EuroLeague seasons and lifted the trophy three times – with Kinder Bologna in 2001, and with CSKA Moscow in 2006 and 2008. He also reached the championship game with Virtus in 2002 and CSKA in 2007, and also played the Final Four with Montepaschi Siena and FC Barcelona. In his 11 EuroLeague campaigns with Kinder, Siena, CSKA, Barcelona and Fenerbahce Istanbul, Andersen amassed 2,295 points and 1,144 rebounds in 224 games. He also played the 7DAYS EuroCup with Strasbourg and LDLC ASVEL Villeurbanne. Andersen was chosen to the 2004-05 All-Euroleague First Team.
Andersen had a decorated career in Europe, winning domestic league titles with six different teams in five countries. He won three Italian League titles - with Kinder in 2001, and with Siena in 2004 and 2012, lifted the Russian League trophy with CSKA four times from 2005 to 2008, also led Barcelona to the Spanish League crown in 2009, won the French League title with ASVEL in 2016 and claimed two Australian League trophies - with Illawarra in 2018 and Melbourne in 2021. He also won seven domestic cup titles - three with CSKA, two with Siena, and one each with Kinder and Fenerbahce. He has been equally successful with the Australian national team, helping the Boomers win four Oceanian Championships in 2003, 2005, 2007 and 2013, as well as getting a gold medal in the 2017 FIBA Asia Cup.
Andersen, who also played for Frankston Blues and the Australian Institute of Sports in his native country, and for Houston, Toronto and New Orleans in the NBA, is now joining the Australian League in a new Player Liaison and Special Projects role.